Written by Amanda Difabio, Marketing Coordinator

Who’s an inspiration to you? For us It’s Brendi Bluitt.

Brendi was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood cancer, in 2011 after experiencing unusual pain. After battling this disease for 3 years, she beat it in the beginning of 2014 and went on to pursue a college degree at Campbell University. 

“When I was going through treatment, at times it felt like the light at the end of the tunnel was so out of reach. After celebrating being 8 years cancer free last week, I am so thankful for how far I’ve come. As a survivor, I have learned so much about myself, my strength, and that any dream I have is possible.” 

In college, Brendi channeled the hardships she had endured and put this energy into finding a passion for Health Communications and Public Relations. This is when she knew she wanted to help share stories of cancer survivors just like her. As part of her UNCC Masters capstone project, she created the Cancer Survivor’s Guide, a resource for newly diagnosed adolescents and young adult cancer survivors. Our parent foundation, The Isabella Santos Foundation was honored to be her research project sponsor.

Brendi continues to chase her dreams and help those who are going through a diagnosis just like she did. After graduating with a Master’s degree in 2021, she is now working for a public relations agency in Washington, DC. “I love that I get to work on accounts within the healthcare industry and support creative campaigns that help patients in need.”

We are honored to share her story and have her rock some of our new CMW gear. Brendi is the definition of a fighter and someone channeling her hardships by helping others who are going through a cancer diagnosis. Shop our store to grab the gear Brendi is rocking. Proceeds from every purchase go towards helping people just like her.